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Visionaries in Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape
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Anne Watson
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Visionaries in Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape

Anne Watson


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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A very handsome and fascinating book, this details the houses that Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin built or planned to build in Sydney. After the Griffins were  unceremoniously booted from the Canberra project, they turned their considerable talents to the new development, Castlecrag, using their ideas of architecture that was formed and fit into its landscape. Each of these Castlecrag houses (and the handful of others elsewhere) has a dedicated and informative essay complemented by a fabulous array of photographs (black-and-white and colour), including a treasure trove of recently discovered archival photos. The floorplans are shown, while those houses that never made it off the drawing board are also given their own essays . A real credit to the dedicated people of the Walter Burley Griffin Society, and a valuable resource for those interested in architecture, planning, history and design. Lindy


In 1920, when Walter Burley Griffin's association with the design of Canberra was coming to a frustrating end, he and his architect wife Marion Mahony Griffin began to refocus their creative energies on the development of the Sydney harbour-side suburb that would become known as Castlecrag. It was the re-commencement of a love affair with the city that began when the Griffins sailed into Sydney Harbour from their native Chicago in 1914.

From Castlecrag to Clifton Gardens, Pymble to Avalon, Visionaries in Suburbia explores the Griffins' 22 surviving Sydney houses as well as their designs for many unbuilt projects. It charts the evolution of their domestic architecture in response to the Sydney landscape, but also brings to life the far-sighted environmental, community, spiritual and creative ideas that propelled their lives and careers.

Today, as Sydney grapples with unprecedented housing, planning and environmental challenges, the Griffins' philosophies, as expressed in the legacy of their surviving work, are of enduring significance.

Edited by:   Anne Watson
ISBN:   9780646935324
ISBN 10:   0646935321
Publication Date:   September 2015
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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